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Is it too late to buy Silver Chef Limited?

What: Silver Chef Limited (ASX: SIV) skyrocketed 10.5% on Friday after the company announced it expected to report NPAT for FY14 at the upper end of guidance, based on a guidance range of $12.3 million to $12.7 million. Friday’s jump took Silver Chef’s weekly gain to 8.4% while the S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Index (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) declined 0.7%.

So What: Friday’s announcement came after the company delivered a shock profit warning in December which cited slower than expected growth from its GoGetta business, which is one of Silver Chef’s primary growth divisions. At the time, it stated that it expected full year NPAT to be 10-15% below previous guidance of $13 million.

However, the company also indicated that it had implemented initiatives to stimulate growth in the division, and that was reflected in Friday’s announcement.

Now What: Despite last week’s gain, Silver Chef is still sitting more than 36% below its 52-week high of $8.94. Although there is always a higher element of risk when investing in small-cap stocks, Silver Chef has shown its ability to generate strong growth in the past and looks set to continue doing so over the long term.

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned.

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